The proposed plan is to solve Occidental's sewage problems by expanding and enlarging the transfer pump station at Riverside Drive and Route 116 in Guerneville and truck 17,000 gallons of sewage per day to this new facility.
The impact upon Villa Grande and Monte Rio will be traffic and road maintenance issues raised by 5 to 15 4,000 gallon, 20-foot-long pumper trucks slowly running back and forth from Occidental to Guerneville on Bohemian Highway. Neighbors near the proposed pump station in Guerneville have also been also expressing their concern with the noise and odor of the pumper trucks being emptied.
Alternative suggestions which may be addressed include the transfer of the sewage to the Graton sewage facility which is closer to Occidental than Guerneville or to the Sonoma Airport sewage treatment facility via an alternate route to that of Bohemian Highway.
Comments regarding this issue may be written to Jeff Church, Sonoma County Water Agency, 404 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies should also be sent to Lynda Hopkins, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, email: Lynda.email@example.com.
Project pdf documents here.
Recent Guerneville sewage spills article here.
SonomaCoWater Agency webpage.
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The Board of Supervisors is still encouraging vacation rentals with inflated day & night occupancy allowances to block emergency vehicle access on dodgy narrow roads in Monte Rio and to overload septics.
If a resident wants to apply for a vacation rental exclusion zone for their road based on topography and/or public safety, the application fee is $8,400.
Occupancy for vacation rentals is being based on number of bedrooms, not capacity of the septic system/cesspool. Permit applicants are allowed to hire their own contractor to verify unit compatibilty. The nearest example to my home: A two-bedroom home is permitted for 6 overnight guests and an additional 6 daytime guests (who shower after swimming in the river and soaking in the ubiquitous hot tub). That's 12 people using a 750gal. septic. The PRMD's own Well & Septic Department advises no more than 2 occupants for a 750gal. septic. Daily load on a tank this size should be no more than 300 gal.
Support sensible changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance and PRMD enforcement!
(These concerns (and more), were brought to Efren Carrillo's attention
prior to the Board of Supervisor's April 2016 vote on changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance. Our concerns were not addressed.)
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Click here for weekly reports. Monte Rio is a town with approximately 1,058 residents and is 1.90 square miles in size.
It is considered to be lower middle class. In other words, a disproportionately large percentage of its households earn between $25,000 and $50,000 per year.